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A detailed description of how to set up a Coach/Learner structure in your organization, to teach people in the scientific pattern of the Improvement Kata. Developing these skills allows an ...

A detailed description of how to set up a Coach/Learner structure in your organization, to teach people in the scientific pattern of the Improvement Kata. Developing these skills allows an organization to empower its teams, thereby becoming more responsive and resilient in meeting challenges.

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    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 1 How to Deploy the Improvement Kata Based on our experiences so far Mike Rother Bill Costantino Beth Carrington Gerd Aulinger v 6.2 Copyright © 2014 Mike Rother, all rights reserved 1217 Baldwin Avenue / Ann Arbor, MI 48104 USA / tel: (734) 665-5411 / mrother@umich.edu For reference see: Chapter 9 Published April 2011 and regularly updated Includes How to Run Your ADVANCE GROUP
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 2 The Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata are about teaching a systematic and scientific way of working throughout an organization, to get better at reaching difficult goals. For most organizations this will be a change process that entails having people develop new skills and mindset through deliberate practice. One shift is that managers guide the development of their peopleʼs skills, by coaching them in daily practice on real goals. Of course, those managers will have to be among the first to practice and learn the new skills, before they can coach others. Intentionally changing an organization is a significant undertaking. In this case there are scientific skills (the Improvement Kata pattern) and teaching/coaching skills (the Coaching Kata). This SlideShare, which we keep up-to-date, describes a well-tested approach for deploying IK/CK skill development in an organization. INTRODUCTION Mike Rother
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 3 WHAT ITʼS ALL ABOUT: -- Learning Scientific Skills -- The Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata combine a scientific working pattern with techniques of deliberate practice, to make scientific thinking a teachable meta-skill that anyone can learn. These foundational thinking habits are the basis for: • Learning how to successfully pursue seemingly unattainable goals in complex systems. • Enabling teams who are nearer to a situation to make their own decisions & maneuver effectively.
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 4 Mike Gerd Bill Beth WEʼVE LEARNED A LOT ABOUT DEPLOYING IMPROVEMENT-KATA SKILL DEVELOPMENT Practicing the Improvement Kata helps anyone get better at navigating unknown territory and meeting challenges. To make the pattern of the Improvement Kata a habit it should be practiced and coached every day.
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 5 DEPLOYING THE IMPROVEMENT KATA INVOLVES SKILL-BUILDING PRACTICE This document describes how to set up a coaching process in your organization, to train people in applying the Improvement Kata pattern
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 6 FOUR INGREDIENTS FOR LEARNING A NEW HABIT AND SKILL PRACTICE Daily repetition COACHING Corrective feedback KATA Structured routine to practice (beginner) MASTERY Overcoming obstacles
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 7 COACHING IS A KEY INGREDIENT Without coaching we lose our way and donʼt practice the right pattern, or practice ineffectively. If the Learner isnʼt learning the Improvement Kata pattern or if the target condition is not being reached, examine the coaching. COACHING Corrective feedback
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 8 THE DEPLOYMENT GOAL IS TO MAKE PRACTICING AND COACHING THE IMPROVEMENT KATA PATTERN PART OF EVERY DAYʼS WORK Practicing the Improvement Kata should get integrated into daily management, not just be an add-on project or workshop A slice of each day is focused on striving toward a challenging target condition via the Improvement Kata pattern. This is guided via the Five Coaching Kata Questions (Coach/Manager) and the PDCA Cycles Record (Learner) in daily Coaching Cycles. Troubleshooting Striving with the Improvement Kata The Workday
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 9 PRACTICE THE IMPROVEMENT KATA BY APPLYING IT TO A REAL PROCESS & TARGET CONDITION Learners do 2 things simultaneously: Strive to reach a real target condition + practice the pattern of the Improvement Kata Training Doing Doing & Training Not this But this (combined) Here the Coach can see in real time where the Learner is, and introduce appropriate adjustments right away
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 10 The Four Steps of the IMPROVEMENT KATA Iterate Toward the Target Condition C C T C Establish the Next Target Condition Target Condition Grasp the Current Condition Understand the Direction The COACHING KATA ʻExecutingʼ Coaching Cycles Coach Learner ʻPlanningʼ Coaching Cycles THERE ARE PRACTICE ROUTINES FOR EACH STEP OF THE IMPROVEMENT KATA + THE COACHING KATA LEARNER COACH
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 11 THE IK HANDBOOK HAS THE PRACTICE ROUTINES This free online handbook gives you step-by-step instructions A practice routine for Grasping the Current Condition A practice routine for Establishing a Target Condition A practice routine for Iterating to the Target Condition A practice routine for Coaching the IK A practice routine for Setting the Challenge
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 12 LESSONS LEARNED ABOUT DEPLOYING THE IMPROVEMENT KATA This is not something for every organization. Itʼs about a different way of managing, not just adding techniques on top of how you currently manage. Itʼs a process of developing new skill and mindset throughout an organization, not just a problem-solving approach to implement. To bring the pattern of the Improvement Kata into the operation of your organization and make it a habit, mid-level management will have to actively coach it every day. You may think deploying simply means getting people in the organization to start practicing the Improvement Kata, but in our experience an effort to deploy the Improvement Kata needs to be monitored and guided. To do that be sure to Establish an ʻAdvance Groupʼ as described in this document. R R R Lessons Learned
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 13 A gating factor is how much Coaching-Kata capability you are developing in your organization. You cannot expand wider and faster than your coaching capacity. To be able to coach the Improvement Kata, a person has to know how to do the Improvement Kata. Demonstrated proficiency with the Improvement Kata is ideally required before starting to coach. It's not sufficient for the organization's leaders to simply say they support the working pattern of the Improvement Kata. If they donʼt practice it themselves in some way, they will not understand it. R R R Lessons Learned continued
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 14
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 15 IMPROVEMENT KATA SKILL COMES BEFORE COACHING SKILL To coach the Improvement Kata you need experience in applying the Improvement Kata Some demonstrated proficiency with the Improvement Kata is required before starting to coach PRACTICE Improvement Kata PRACTICE Coaching Kata AWARE of it Able to DO it Able to COACH it Know what Know about the Improvement Kata Know why Can teach others Know how Can effectively apply the Improvement Kata
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 16 THREE TYPES OF PRACTICING (1) AWARENESS PRACTICE Practice sessions (typically 3) with the IK, on real target conditions in your organization • Understand the Direction • Grasp the Current Condition • Establish a Target Condition • PDCA Toward the Target Condition • Coaching Cycles (2) SKILL-BUILDING PRACTICE (3) DAILY PRACTICE Initial study & practice - Read Toyota Kata & The Talent Code. - Participate in a Toyota Kata course or workshop. - Get initial experience with the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata routines. Daily practice and daily Coaching Cycles built into your normal management routine
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 17 PHASE I: If your organization is interested in the IK / CK, start by forming a small group of 'scouts' to study the subject. The scouts should take an Improvement Kata course, such as as the ones offered by the University of Michigan and the Lean Enterprise Institute. PHASE II: Now the team of scouts better understands the scope of the task and how much itʼs about culture change through deliberate practice. If the organization is still interested at this point then the next step is to form an Advance Group of about 5 people who will oversee the deployment. This group should include at least one senior manager. At this point an external coach can start working with the organization by coaching the Advance Group. The external coach does not have responsibility for bringing the Improvement Kata into the organization. Thatʼs the responsibility of the Advance Group, which canʼt be delegated. Note that the Advance Group is not the start of a cascade, but rather a group that will conduct PDCA of skill development at the organization level. At this point the Advance Group practices applying the Improvement Kata to selected work processes, under guidance of the external coach, in order to learn the Improvement Kata. This takes about 2 months. PHASE III: Now you can expand into the normal daily activity of middle managers by focusing on applying the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata at work processes and their associated chain of persons. You add processes as coaching capacity permits. The Advance Group now monitors and shepherds the skill-development process. A THREE-PHASE DEPLOYMENT APPROACH One way to bring the Improvement Kata into an organization
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 18 THE THREE-PHASE DEPLOYMENT APPROACH SupervisorsAdvance Group Practices the IK Senior Managers Area Managers Skill-Dev Plan Prepare Form an Advance Group Scouts study the subject Building Practice Skill Practice Awareness Have a few ʻScoutsʼ familiarize themselves with the subject; by reading ʻToyota Kataʼ & ʻThe Talent Codeʼ, and taking a Toyota Kata course. PHASE I PHASE II PHASE III - Expansion into normal business process of line managers, slice by slice Practice Building Practice Skill Practice Awareness Coaching Cycles Daily External coach needed here! The basic deployment process is to practice the Improvement Kata pattern at one management level and pass it down another level through one-on- one coaching; so the behavior pattern permeates the organization. The Advance Group observes and PDCAs the skill-development process Practice Awareness
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 19 PHASE III: EXPANDING SLICE BY SLICE • A slice = a process and itʼs associated chain of persons. • Add slices only as your coaching capacity permits. • Once you start applying the Improvement Kata to a process you should never stop. So itʼs better to start too small than to involve too many people too quickly. Target Coach <---> Learner relationships Advance Group Site Manager Area Mgr. or Supervisor PROCESSES Process A Process B Supervisor or Team Leader
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 20 WHAT YOUʼRE WORKING TOWARD This is a depiction of what youʼre working toward: Coach-Learner relationships up-and-down a value stream. Of course, it takes time to build this kind of capability & structure. Responsible for a Value Stream Responsible for a Value Stream Loop Responsible for a Process Each Learner has a storyboard
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 21 WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE / HOW IT WORKS Based on an illustration by Emiel van Est Understand the Direction (from level above) Grasp the Current Condition Establish the Next Target Condition Iterate Toward the Target Condition PLANNING EXECUTING Value Stream Level Organization Level Value Stream Loop Level Process Level Longer-Cycle Experiments Short-Cycle Experiments Longer TC Shorter TCs The higher your level in the value stream, the bigger the goal you are responsible for. A Target Condition at one level is the Challenge for the next level down, and one level coaches the next level down.   Future State Value Stream Mapping Current State Value Stream Mapping
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 22 SO WHO PRACTICES FIRST? Advance Group Site Manager Area Mgr. or Supervisor PROCESSES Process A Process B Supervisor or Team Leader Practicing is top-down in a value stream. In Phase II the Advance Group and some designated coaches are the first Learners (~9 persons). Then in Phase III you begin with managers, not supervisors, practicing on the actual processes they manage. Why top down? Middle managers are key players in teaching and reinforcing habits of thinking and acting in an organization. If you start IK projects with process supervisors but they are surrounded by a different way of thinking among their managers then the projects are unlikely to sustain.
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 23 Organization has ʻscoutsʼ study the IK/CK topic Form AG AdvanceGroupmakes6or12-monthplan Advance Group conducts bi-weekly reflections Slice 1 Slice 2 Slice 3 Slice 4 AG and first coaches practice the IK AdvanceGroupreflectionandnextplan Increasing number of managers in the organization who are proficient coaches Advance Group Training: AG works on a series of 3 Target Conditions (does ~ 25 PDCA cycles) on real processes THE DEPLOYMENT TIMELINE - not to scale - Donʼt expand faster than you can develop Coaching proficiency! PHASE I PHASE II PHASE III EXTERNAL COACH ROLE Initial instructor and coach On site frequently (eg. every 2 weeks) EXTERNAL COACH ROLE As 2nd Coach On site every 2 - 4 weeks EXTERNAL COACH ROLE As needed
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 24 Lean tools, techniques and principles to improve quality, cost and delivery are as useful and important as ever, but they should be applied within the context of the Improvement Kata. What are you trying to achieve? Lean tools are brought in (pulled) situationally as needed. The mindset youʼre trying to develop is one of working iteratively to discover and do what is necessary to achieve a goal, as opposed to a mindset of pushing and implementing pre-defined solutions or tools. For example, if a kanban system will help a team achieve its target condition, then at that point kanban is brought in and utilized. Teams stay focused on their next target condition. This approach makes our efforts more meaningful and successful. It teaches us more scientific & effective habits of thinking and acting. WHAT ABOUT THE LEAN TOOLS AND PRACTICES?
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 25 Advance Group (The Shepherds) Responsible for overall deployment of the Improvement Kata in the organization. The Advance Group plans & monitors the deployment process, and introduces course corrections (PDCAs the skill-building process). 2nd Coach (Coach the Managers) Responsible for the coaching process. Periodically observes coaching cycles between middle managers and Learners. Ensures connection between an overall challenge and process-level improvement. Middle Managers (The Coaches/Teachers) Responsible for teaching the Improvement Kata and for the team’s results. Conducts coaching cycles daily using the 5 questions. Ensures the Learner is working and practicing scientifically and experimentally according to the Improvement Kata. The coach’s job is to develop the Learner, not to improve the process. Learner and Team (The Process Owners) Responsible for required performance in the required time and quality, and for improving the process with the Improvement Kata. The Learner conducts experiments with PDCA and develops solutions, in dialogue with process operators and 1st Coach. THE ROLES Improvement Kata Coaching Kata 2nd Coach Coach (Manager) Learner & Team Advance Group u v wx External Coach y
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 26 AN EXTERNAL COACH The role of an external coach is to help selected persons in your organization develop Coaching Kata proficiency as quickly and effectively as possible, so you can then teach and spread the Improvement Kata within your organization with less and less reliance on outside expertise.  An external coach is used more at the beginning than later. Itʼs important that IK training and coaching be done by persons inside your organization as soon as possible. The role of the external coach is not to do all your training for you, because that prevents your organization from developing the necessary skills. y
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 27 THE “ADVANCE GROUP” A small group that plans, monitors and course-corrects the deployment of Improvement Kata skill development in the organization x Itʼs called the “Advance Group” because they go first
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 28 START WITH THE ADVANCE GROUP AKA “The Shepherds” • The Advance Group is not responsible for conducting all coaching and training, nor for making improvement happen at all processes. That will be the responsibility of middle managers and leaders who coach in their areas. • Because internal coaches are needed, this is also a good time to simultaneously train a few high-potential coaches who can later coach in various areas of the organization as needed. • The Advance Group plus initial coaches should total no more than 9 persons. A larger group becomes too difficult to manage when everyoneʼs skill levels is ʻbeginnerʼ. • The Advance Group should include a senior executive (the senior executive in small and mid-sized companies or sites). • The Advance Group is not a Lean staff group, although a Lean staff member can be on the Advance Group. If you have a lean staff, their role may migrate toward being “master coaches” for middle managers, who will be the heart of the IK effort. • The Advance Group will initially need training and guidance from an external coach, which can be an outside consultant. Advance Group refers to a team of 3-5 people who orchestrate the deployment of Improvement Kata thinking and skill in the organization or site. There can be one Advance Group for the overall organization and an Advance Group at each site. Suggestions for forming your Advance Group:
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 29 WITHOUT AN ADVANCE GROUP TO SHEPHERD IT, CHANGE IS UNLIKELY TO SUCCEED Planning a perfect deployment of new skills is impossible, so it will be important to sense obstacles, problems and weaknesses as they arise, learn from them and adapt the deployment plan accordingly. Thatʼs the responsibility of the Advance Group. Current Condition Obstacles Problems Old Habits AG Target Condition (x) persons at (x) Dreyfus level of Improvement Kata skill, and (x) processes under Improvement Kata management, by (x) date. Youʼre working on a change in how your organization manages people, so there's a need for high-level PDCA.  The Advance Group does this high-level reflecting and adjusting.
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 30 Phase II: ADVANCE GROUP PRACTICING To be able to fulfill their shepherding role, the Advance Group members first develop some Improvement Kata skill by practicing on real work processes • The Advance Groupʼs practicing typically takes two months. • If the site does not already have a future-state value stream map to provide challenge, then the Advance Group may begin with VS Mapping, which adds additional time but is good experience. • To gain experience in all four steps of the IK, the Advance Group members work toward three successive target conditions. • A key skill is “PDCA rigor,” and an Advance Group member should personally experience at least 25 PDCA cycles.
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 31 SUGGESTIONS FOR ADVANCE GROUP PRACTICING Select focus processes that are well-suited for beginners to practice on. Typically these are compact processes that have repetitive cycles. With beginners the primary goal is to internalize the Improvement Kata pattern, not to address the most complicated processes and problems. The development of internal Kata coaches is a prerequisite for teaching people how to work with the Improvement Kata every day. However, at the start there are no experienced coaches. To bridge this gap you can do Phase II Advance Group practicing in a rotation model, whereby each person in turn takes the role of Learner, Coach and 2nd Coach. This is a temporary, artificial structure for Advance Group practicing and to quickly develop some internal coaching capacity. Remember, you can select a few extra persons to practice together with the Advance group, so youʼll have a few more coaches for the initial deployment. (Eventually middle managers will be the coaches.) R R
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 32 Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 LearnerCoach2nd Coach Process 2 Process and Supervisor Process 1 Process 3 EXAMPLE • Select 3 processes with 3 persons practicing per process. This is the Advance Group members + the additional coaches in training, for a total of 9 persons. • Since these are artificially-selected processes, the Learner pairs with the process Supervisor to apply the Improvement Kata to the process. • The members in each group periodically rotate roles within their group. YOU CAN USE A ROTATION MODEL FOR GETTING THE ADVANCE GROUP & FIRST COACHES UP TO SPEED For example for 9 Persons
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 33 ADVANCE GROUP PRACTICE-PLANNING FORM Fill in persons and processes for Advance Group IK practicing Process Supervisor(s) (pairs with Learner) Advance Group Members and Coaches in Training PRACTICE PROCESSES Practice Dates Start: End: Rotation Frequency
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 34 Phase III: ONCE THE ADVANCE GROUP HAS PRACTICED THE IK The Advance Groupʼs focus now shifts to the following tasks: Expand IK practice into the organization “slice” by “slice” Prepare a 6 or 12-month skill-development plan. Help start the process by coaching as necessary. At the early stages when there are too few coaches, Advance Group members may also coach managers or be 2nd coaches. Observe coaching cycles. Check and adjust the deployment via PDCA. This is the most important Advance Group task. Conduct regular reflections of actual current conditions against the skill-development plan. Ensure that teams applying the IK are working toward an appropriate challenge. Ensure IK activities are connected to meaningful goals. q q q q q
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 35 THE ADVANCE GROUP PREPARES A 6 or 12 MONTH SKILL-DEVELOPMENT PLAN The basic question... what persons do you want to bring to what skill level with the Improvement Kata by 6 or 12 months from now? I. Vision (your ultimate goal related to IK skill) II. Challenge (related to IK skill, 6 to 12 months out) III. Current Condition IV. Next Target Condition (1-3 months out) V. What We Will Measure Use the following headings in the plan Obstacles & necessary course corrections (PDCA) will arise in the Advance Groupʼs bi-weekly reflections
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 36 THE ADVANCE GROUP THEN REFLECTS REGULARLY The Advance Group reflects against the skill development plan (for example bi-weekly) and introduces adjustments as necessary By conducting regular checks the Advance Group learns what it needs to work on to achieve its target condition of skill development
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 37 THEORETICAL DEPLOYMENT Current Management Approach Improvement Kata Approach Time Managerʼs Workday
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 38 Managerʼs Workday THE REALITY Hereʼs why you need an Advance Group! The Advance Group conducts PDCA at the deployment level. Improvement Kata Approach Time Current Management Approach Unforeseen deployment obstacles, problems, etc. Without an Advance Group, the deployment dies here
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 39 When you execute a plan and work toward a target condition youʼll need to make adjustments based on what you learn from the unforeseen obstacles and problems you discover along the way. The advance group does this by scheduling regular reflection times. Bi-weekly, for example. CONDUCT REGULAR ADVANCE GROUP REFLECTIONS This is where a lot of the success or failure in developing Improvement Kata skills and management will be determined An Advance Group reflection is built around the same 5 Coaching Kata Questions that the Coaches use The Five Question Card is a free download on the Toyota Kata Website
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 40 u v w Progress toward the system-level challenge Are individual process-level target conditions related to a higher-level challenge (lead time, productivity, etc.), and is progress being made? Progress toward process target conditions Relevant metric(s) can be taken right from each work processʼs target condition. Learnerʼs skill development How well are the coaches doing in developing Improvement Kata skill in their learners? Use the Dreyfus Levels to assess skill level. Frequency and duration of coaching cycles For each coach, track the start and stop times of their coaching cycles. (Longer is not better.) Length of Learnersʼ PDCA cycles PDCA cycles should ideally be short & frequent FIVE THINGS FOR THE ADVANCE GROUP TO MEASURE x y
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 41 Learnerʼs Storyboard Process Learner Coaching is the key variable If the Learner is not learning or the target condition is not being reached, the problem lies in the coaching Coach PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO COACHING
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 42 To all Advance Groups... WATCH THE ROLLOUT SPEED Resist the temptation to roll out the Improvement Kata as broadly and quickly as possible. Thatʼs a sure bet for failure because it will... -> Multiply mistakes due to shortcutting the necessary PDCAs. -> Outrun your organizationʼs coaching capacity. The Advance Group should practice and learn first. Then move ahead slowly at first, experimenting and adjusting. Gain speed as coaching capacity increases. After the first year itʼs better to say, “We could have gone faster,” than to say, “We went too fast.”
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 43 Middle managers, not Lean staff persons, should be the main teachers of the Improvement Kata pattern in the organization. They are the primary coaches. MANAGERS Managers are the Improvement Kata teachers / coaches v
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 44 THE IK + CK = A WAY OF MANAGING! Managers teach the Improvement Kata pattern to their people every day while those people work on real goals Although the Improvement Kata describes a routine for continuous improvement, keep in mind that this kata is a way of managing people every day. Because they are automatically teachers every day, middle managers may have more influence on an organizationʼs capability than any other group. The Improvement Kata is a way of managing that generates skills and initiative to improve, adapt and keep the organization moving forward.
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 45 2nd Coach Participates periodically Pays particular attention to the Coach (coaches the Coach) Learnerʼs Storyboard Process LearnerCoach (Manager) The Coach is responsible for teaching the Improvement Kata pattern, and for the results The Coach uses the Coaching Kata, asking the 5 CK questions Line Manager The team owns the target condition and works to achieve it The Learner & team apply the Improvement Kata Team uv w THE THREE CORE ROLES FOR PRACTICING
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 46 COACHING CYCLES ARE THE MANAGERʼS DAILY IMPROVEMENT-KATA TEACHING MECHANISM Once they have practiced and learned the Improvement Kata, managers use daily Coaching Cycles as a teaching technique The Coach uses the Five CK Questions The Learner uses the PDCA Cycles Record Coaching cycles are a way to guide Learners in their Improvement Kata practice
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 47 Additional coaching cycles if necessary One Day Scheduled Coaching Cycle For detailed instructions on how to conduct Coaching Cycles see the online Improvement Kata Handbook One coaching cycle involves a Coach asking the Learner the Five CK Questions, while at the process. We usually strive for this to be done at least once every shift, taking 10-15 minutes. (Note: it takes some practice to get to 10-15 minute coaching cycles that are not just a formality.) Coaching cycles are conducted at regularly-scheduled times + spontaneously when the need arises. As necessary, after a coaching cycle the Coach may opt to accompany the Learner - which would be coaching - or simply to return for the next coaching cycle. COACHING CYCLES FOR DAILY IMPROVEMENT KATA TRAINING
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 48 Rapid PDCA CyclesThe 5-Question Coaching Dialog THESE ARE THE TWO FUNDAMENTAL ROUTINES AT THE CORE OF THE COACHING KATA The Five Question card is available on the Toyota Kata Website Five-Question Card Used by the COACH PDCA Cycles Record Used by the LEARNER
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 49 Current Condition Target Condition Learner Coach
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 50 THE 2nd COACHES They observe & coach the coaches There will be a need for some master coaches. These may initially come from the Advance Group, Lean staff, etc. w
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 51 THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF THE 2nd COACH The apparent simplicity of the Five Questions makes coaching seem easier to learn than it is. We underestimate whatʼs involved in coaching and what it takes to learn it. It takes considerable practice and regular reflection to master the intent and pattern of the Coaching Kata. For the Coach, coaching cycles are not only a means of teaching the Improvement Kata pattern but also a PDCA cycle whereby the Coach checks and reflects on the result of his/her last coaching. If the Learner isnʼt learning the Improvement Kata or a team is not achieving its target conditions the problem is usually in the coaching. In other words, the Coach is practicing the Coaching Kata and for this needs someone with coaching experience to periodically observe him conducting coaching cycles and provide feedback (to coach the coach). Thatʼs the role of the 2nd coach. Periodic observation of coaching cycles by an experienced second coach is essential if you want to teach managers effective coaching skills.
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 52 2nd Coach Participates periodically (eg. once / week) Pays particular attention to the Coach (coaches the Coach) Learnerʼs Storyboard Process LearnerCoach (Manager) Coach is responsible for teaching the Improvement Kata pattern, and for the results Learner & Team own the target condition and work to achieve it Team THE ROLE OF THE 2nd COACH The 2nd Coachʼs role is to ensure that middle managers are teaching/coaching the Improvement Kata correctly. The 2nd Coach does this primarily by observing a managersʼ coaching cycles.
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 53 A COACHING CYCLE IN ACTION
    • How to Deploy the Improvement Kata© Mike Rother 54 Summary: IMPROVEMENT KATA PRACTICE IS BRAIN TRAINING!